Tutor Biographies

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Current Tutor News

Bianca Briglio 
Bianca was recently accepted for an internship at Kyle Cavan Jewelry.  She also found out recently that in the fall 2022 semester, she will become the co-manager of the FIT Style Shop, the student-run boutique on campus.

Camila Quiroga
Camila will be graduating in fall 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Business Management, and a Minor in Ethics & Sustainability. She was accepted for an internship at Proenza Schouler in Public Relations for summer 2022.

June Isshiki
June will be graduating in January 2023 with a BFA in Computer Animation and Interactive Media.  She recently received eight awards and many official selections from film festivals with my thesis film "Song of the Mermaid":
Sittannavasal International Film Festival - Best Debute short film winner, Best Animated short film "Song of the Mermaid".
Best student short film Juery Award
Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival - Best Animation Film winner
Newfort International Film Festival - Best Animated Short Film winner
Golden Eagle Indie Film Festival - Best Animated Short Film winner
Makizhmithran International Film Festival - Best Animated Short Film winner
Vidvin International Film Festival - Best Animated Short Film winner

Ethan Gonzales
Ethan was accepted for an internship in graphic design for this summer. He will be working at an advertising agency called "Mythic" in Charlotte, NC.

Yumeki Yamaguchi
Yumeki graduated May 2021 with an Associates degree in Fashion Design
She is currently working on getting a credited internship for her final sementer.
She was selected from her class to have het 4th semester final garment displayed virtually on the 2021 AAS online exhibiton.

Shiyu Zuo (Phoebe)
Shiyu graduated in 2020 with an AAS in Fashion Design with a minor in Economics from FIT.  Her past experiences include 'Trend Hunter' at Zara, 'Stylist Assistance' at Iqiyi, etc.  Also currently working as the Student Tour Guide at FIT

Abigail Zwirecki
Abigail will be graduating this May with an Associates Degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications and  she was recently accepted into the Presidential Scholars Program.
This past spring semester, she became the secretary for  FIT’s W27 Newspaper.

Tutor Bios

Abigail Brooks
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology
(Textile/Surface Design in progress)
Subjects:  Art History, Mathematics, Textile Design, Textile Science
Advice for Students: Look around you and allow yourself to be inspired.  Your coursework will become an outlet for you. 

Christine Yeh
BFA, Fashion Institute of Technology (Computer Animation and Interactive Media)
Subjects: Computer Graphics, 3D software, Mandarin Chinese
Advice for Students: Aim high and be patient.

Deborah Clark
BA, Fashion Institute of Technology (Fashion Design)
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology (Accessories Design)
Presidential Scholar, Magna Cum Laude
AAS, Washington State University (Interior Design)
Subjects: Fashion Design, Computer Graphics, Accessories Design, Textile Design
Advice for Students:  Follow your dreams and don't step on others as you grow because you will meet them again. Be the better-spirited person.

Jane Talcott
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design (Textile Design)
Subjects:  Textile Design woven/prints, Computer Graphics
Advice for Students:  Keep a sketchbook, develop your vision, play with software tools without an agenda for short periods consistently. Watch tutorials and investigate the marketplace and exhibitions.

Johnny Ng
BFA, Fashion Institute of Technology (Computer Animation and Interactive Media); MFA, School of Visual Arts (Computer Arts)
Subjects: Computer Animation, Graphic Design
Advice for Students:  Study hard, have a lot of patience, and be creative.  Also, pursue some of your education outside of FIT because that will open you up to even more opportunities.

June Isshiki
BFA, Fashion Institute of Technology (Computer Animation and Interactive Media)
Subjects: 3D software, Adobe software, Japanese

Be posative and take care of your mental health.

Kerry Gibbons
BS, Georgetown University, MFA California Institute of the Arts
Subjects:  Mathematics, Fashion Design, Illustration, Computer Software
Advice for Students:  Get organized and your workload will become much more manageable.

Lu Gomezdela Torre Clavel
AAS, Laguardia Community College (Math and Science); BS, Fashion Institute of Technology (Textile Development and Marketing)
Subjects: Italian, Spanish, Philosophy, Textiles
Advice for Students: Always be positive and never give up.  There is nothing that is impossible.  You just have to keep focus and work with dedication.

Rhea Wadhwa
MPS, Global Fashion Management, 2024
Math, Economics, Fashion Business Management, Production Management
Advice for FIT Students: Visit the career center at FIT, it's a great resource.

Russell Jenkins
BA, Rutgers University (Economics)
Subjects:  Economics, Mathematics, Microsoft Office
Advice for Students:  Allow yourself to think of your course work (especially those classes which are required but not directly related to your major) as the "broader tapestry/medium" in which you have to work and create. 

Sae Matsumoto
BA, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan (Aesthetics and Art Theory)
Subjects:  Japanese, Art History
Advice for Students:  " A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Take it easy and let's learn together!

Shiyu Zuo (Phoebe)
BFA, Fashion Institute of Technology ( Fashion Design Knitwear)
Subjects: Fashion Design Development (Draping, Patternmaking, construction, CAD, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, fashion illustrator, Mandarin Chinese
Advise for FIT Students: Work smarter not harder

Sunzeyun Wang (Xia)
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology (Fashion Design)
Subject: Draping and Sewing for 1st year students
Advice for Students:  Enjoy the learning process and you will accumulate more knowledge and be happier.

Tessa Kent
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology (Fashion Design, in progress)
Subject:  Fashion Design, Art History, Psychology
Advice for Students:  Never be afraid to take risks or make mistakes. Sometimes you learn the most from your mistakes.

Wilfred Hu
BS, Fashion Institute of Technology, (Fashion Business Management, in progress)
Minors, Communication Studies, Economics, Ethics and Sustainability, Mathematics
Subject:  FBM, Mathematics
Advice for Students:  Sometimes the work you have to do at FIT can be very hard and you feel like you are falling behind. Just keep studying, and practicing and ask for help if you need it. You will do just fine.

Yasmeen Khalifa
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology, (Advertising and Marketing Communications)
BA, AMC in progress
Subject: AMC, Economics, Statistics, Computer Applications
Advice for FIT Students:  Always stay on top of your work and deadlines using planners or Google calendar

Yukti Poddar
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology, (Communication Design)
Subject: Computer Graphics, Art History, Mathematics
Advice for Students: Stay involve on campus and make lots of connections!

Yumeki Yamaguchi
BFA, Fashion Institute of Technology, (Fashion Design:  Special Occasions)
Subject: Fashion Design, Physical Science, Japanese
Advice for Students:  Don't be hesitant to reach out for assistance.